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Dunning Meritage Red 2012

Bordeaux Red Blends from Willow Creek District, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    Winemaker Notes

    Blend: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc.

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    Dunning Vineyards

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    Dunning Vineyards, Willow Creek District, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    In 1996, the Orange County wine competition awarded Dunning Vineyards their first Gold Medal! Since then they have been given many awards including 90-POINT RATINGS from the Wine Enthusiast Magazine, James Suckling/Wine Spectator and Steven Tanzer International Wine Reviews. Robert came to the area from Malibu and Jo-Ann from the Pacific Palisades in 1991. They enjoy and live on their 40-acre property with their son Garrett (who is now living in SLO and in his second year in College!) and puppy Ralphie. The Winery currently produces 2500 cases annually.

    Willow Creek District

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    Growing on high elevation bedrock slopes, the vineyards of Paso Robles Willow Creek AVA sit at between 960 and 1,900 feet in elevation.

    Bordeaux Blends

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    One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde River, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

    In the Glass

    Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines modeled after the Right Bank are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure. Wines from Bordeaux lean towards a highly structured and earthy style whereas New World areas (as in the ones named above) tend to produce bold and fruit-forward blends. Either way, Bordeaux red blends generally have aromas and flavors of black currant, cedar, plum, graphite, and violet, with more red fruit flavors when Merlot makes up a high proportion of the blend.

    Perfect Pairings

    Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb or smoked duck.

    Sommelier Secret

    While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties in specified percentages, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include equal amounts of Cabernet Franc and Malbec, for example. Occassionally a winemaker might add a small percentage of a non-Bordeaux variety, such as Syrah or Petite Sirah for a desired result.

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